The United Kingdom Minister for Business and Trade, Kemi Badenoch, has commenced a three-day visit to Nigeria, as confirmed by a statement from Senior Press and Public Affairs Officer, Ndidiamaka Eze. The visit is anticipated to strengthen the existing UK-Nigeria partnership.
Accompanied by the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Nigeria, Helen Grant, Minister Badenoch is scheduled to engage in discussions with the Federal Government, state governors, as well as British and Nigerian business leaders and investors during her stay.
The primary focus of these meetings is to delve into current and potential investment and trade activities across various sectors, ranging from education to infrastructure and energy projects. The envisioned outcomes include job creation opportunities numbering in the thousands. The Minister aims to bolster the UK-Nigeria partnership, eliminate trade and investment barriers, foster business growth between the two nations, and enhance the accessibility of the City of London’s facilitative role for international business in Nigeria.
It is worth noting that before embarking on this visit, Minister Badenoch gained attention in 2022 during her bid to replace Boris Johnson as Prime Minister. At that time, she garnered headlines for criticizing Nigerian politicians, accusing them of misusing public funds for personal matters. Reflecting on her upbringing in Nigeria, she highlighted the propensity of the country’s politicians to make promises without fulfilling them.